Items tagged "Network Open Access"

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Obama Defends Net Neutrality; Is Anyone (Time Warner for example) Listening?

May 29, 2009 Competition , Data Caps , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

It is truly remarkable that we have a president of the United States who used the word, “phishing,” and didn’t mean going out to the creek on the ranch and throwing a line in the water. He used it in the proper way for that spelling, referring to online scammers soliciting information from unwary Internet users.

Even beyond the news value of President Obama’s cybersecurity speech, the change in zeitgeist is stunning.

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AT&T Blocks SlingPlayer over its 3G network, still permits its own video services

May 14, 2009 AT&T , Broadband , Innovation , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

You may have read that this past week SlingMedia finally released its much anticipated SlingPlayer for the iPhone. It's an application that lets you remotely stream video and remotely control your home television, from your computer, mobile device, and now iPhone. However the app has been relegated to only working on the iPhone via WiFi, not the available 3G data network, at the request of AT&T. AT&T's justification for this is as follows:

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Our Broadband ‘Plan’ Is Already Toast

May 8, 2009 Broadband , Competition , International , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

For a couple of hours yesterday, there appeared a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, someone in the U.S. Senate was serious about a broadband policy. That glimmer – the Senate Commerce Committee announced a confirmation hearing for May 12 for Julius Genachowski, the pick to be the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

But the glimmer, much like a buffer copy, was only transitory. A couple of hours later, the hearing was postponed until after Memorial Day. Why? The Republicans now have to pick not one, but possibly two nominees for the FCC, and haven’t decided on a package. It would be horrible, just horrible, for the Senate at least to proceed on the Democratic nominees, Genachowski and perhaps Mignon Clyburn, daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) to fill out the Commission while the Republicans hash it out. Or not. It would be nice if all parties grew up and let the Commission get a chairman already.

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